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If there was ever a place on earth that inspires me as a designer….this is it !!!

***  North Island, Seychelles   ***


My absolute, all time favourite design inspiration.

I could live on this island.


UHHHMMMmmm, like right now.  I can almost imagine the smell of the salty air, the essential oil scents in the rooms and the sound of the ocean waves.

It is practically and island orgasm.

Brad Pitt wouldn’t even notice me sitting in those gorgeous orange chairs.

Yes, he has stayed on this island }

 I would be as quiet as a mouse. A mouse with a smile on my face.

~ Staring at Brad, when he wasn’t looking ~

Wait.  That sounded kinda creepy.


How Romantic is That ?!

 The dim lighting would be my easy disguise.



This is my inspirational place.

Do you have a place where you can design the life YOU want to live?

This is the place I take my mind to, when I want to have a temper tantrum looking at the laundry mountain in our house.

I have seen this island from afar.


I sat on a beautiful porch of our friends home in the Seychelles….stared off to the distance… and admired this island.

It was like staring at a fine bottle of wine, but not being allowed to open it.

{ If that wine bottle was opened, I would surely lick it. }

The island was so close, but so far !!

I even drooled.

I dreamed.

I imagined.

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That should be ME lounging on that bed. LOL

Oh, if I only had three wishes. 🙂

1.  To have some quiet time with Brad Pitt.

2.  To visit this island and never leave.

3.  To be forever inspired by this kind of design.

I have contacts who have worked on this island, from construction to design to everything in between…and yet NO ONE INVITED ME TO SET FOOT ON THIS GORGEOUSNESS !

Actually, I lie.  I was invited.


I swear it.

I was soooo busy working on the design of a house in the Seychelles, that I turned down the opportunity to visit the island.




If I had a third leg, I would kick myself with it.

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Where’s the pool boy?! I need me one 🙂

It wasn’t until weeks later, that I had a chance to look at the island/hotel website.  Then I almost dropped dead with excitement.  I just about exploded.

Then…. I was so angry at myself for missing the opportunity of a lifetime.

 I didn’t talk to myself for days.  Weeks, maybe.  

I almost punched myself in the head. 

Would love to sit RIGHT THERE

I could have stood on that porch!! OMG OMG OMG

It would appear, you must be Angelina Jolie or Kate Middleton to have the privilege of setting foot on the beautiful white sands.


 I’m a celebrity in my own mind.  That should count for something.

P.s. Kate and William honeymooned on this island.  TRUTH.

I knew I should have married into royalty.  LOL.

Stone walls, wood flooring, balinese inspired design

I would go there and never leave. EVER.

Instead, I am having baked beans for dinner tonight.

But I will eat those baked beans with a smile on my face dreaming of my bliss.

( and silently trying to figure out how to kick myself ).

My favourite design inspiration in the world ! NORTH ISLAND



When I shop in Bali, I buy from the same suppliers that supplied the furniture and home decor in these photos.

I have written about some of my Bali shopping trips on this blog.

You can read more about that here : My Bali buying trips.



North Island Seychelles - a gorgeous hotel on a gorgeous island

BALINESE decor and design. My kinda HEAVEN.

I suppose that shopping in Bali is the awesome great news about this whole fiasco of being mad at myself.  Shopping in Bali probably sounds all fancy dancy.  What a load of crap that is.

Do you like that fancy terminology?!

It is hard work.

It is also the most enjoyable work.


with all my heart and soul.

I have had the absolute privilege of buying not only furniture but also the same hanging shells and driftwood as you see in these photos.


That was my budget.

Shells and driftwood.

Big spender, huh??

I will be blogging on how to create a cool DIY shell/curtain soon.

You will pee your pants with excitement.

Or better yet…wouldn’t you love to have a massage here ?

A massage by the Sea. Does LIFE get better than that?

I do think it is hilarious to see the placement of that guys head. TOO FUNNY!!

Until the moment that they let me set foot on this island of gorgeousness….I can keep dreaming.

Yes, NORTH ISLAND, you are on my bucket list.

Do I need to beg ? Because I will.

Pleazzzz pretty pleaz, with a cherry on top??!!!

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A book, a drink, a nap. BLISS

For those of you who would love some island inspiration…….check it out, and drool along with me as you flip through the gallery of photos on the North Island website.

Put in a good word for me when you are there.

P.s. Seychelles is a small island between India and Africa.

Tucked away.

Like a dot on a map.

sland Bliss and Interior Design Inspiration on DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE blog.

Check out how those glass doors that just slide back. Very cool !

All photos in this blog post are from the North Island website :


( I would post my own, if they invite me for a photo shoot ) LOL.

As a blogger, I LOVE to post only my own photos.  But a girl can only do what a girl can do.  Maybe I should be a paparazzi.  I could sneak on the island that way.

This is where we play the game, good idea, bad idea.

Is it a good idea or a bad one?


Until then, I will dream

of ponying up to this bar and having a beverage.

What a perfect place for a Tipsy Tea.

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A stone slab island bar! Helllooo. Brilliant idea !!

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Do you suppose that life could get any better than living on this island ?!



For me,

A wee seaside cottage with whitewashed paint

filled with friends and family

Would be {truly} be my BLISS.

That is designing the life I want to live.

How about you?!

What is YOUR bliss?

How are you designing the life you want to live? xx


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  1. […] So, while you’re buying your throw blankets at Ikea you might want to book a trip to a tropical island. […]

  2. Summer says:

    I’ve always LOVED all things beachy and shabby though I was hardly around it at all. I’ve always said that I should have been born nearer an ocean. I surely would’ve been a surfer girl! lol
    We visited a small island off the coast of South Carolina over the summer and I absolutely fell in love. To the point that I WILL live there. Very small and layed back, nothing fancy at all really, but me and my puppy lily walking for hours on the deserted beach? Well let’s just say it was the goodest! One of the biggest things I do on pinterest in fact, is to plan my dream house there, room by room. HA. It probably won’t be for a very long time, but if I could quite my job(which i hate! lol) tomorrow and bewitch twitch my way there, there I would be! These pics you’ve shared are just beautiful, as is your tree house. I really do love your sense of humor and though I haven’t read much, I always like it. Thank you for putting yourself out there for us 🙂 I truly hope you get to visit in person. If you can ever make a trip to Daufuskie Island South Carolina, it also has it’s rustic charms, not much else, but there-in lies to charm for a gal like me. Whereever you visit, enjoy! Traveling is beautiful and we should all be so lucky to do it more. Thanks, Summer

  3. I NEED to visit this place. Absolutely stunning, I wish I could be there right now. Very inspirational.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Izzie,
      It makes you want to jump right on that table and get a massage doesn’t it?! Of course…while staring at the ocean, with an umbrella drink in hand…delivered by a Cabana boy. LOL.

  4. Well, I think you’ve just found me MY perfect island too! Everything about it has me clicking on another laptop to siultaneously write this comment AND look this baby up. Hubby has been bugging me about a trip for my 5-0 (I know, I look 20, huh) so he better get another job or rob a bank (one that has money, not any of the European ones) cos this is what I want. Thanks for doing my homework!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      I am such a rudie pants…all of your blog comments went into my email junk folder. Helllooo, I didn’t even know I had another JUNK DRAWER. I have about 50 thousand of those in my house. So..sorry for the late reply. The good news is that I had a chance to play in your blog again. Now, I am officially drooling/dreaming over almond macrons with jam. YUM !!!!

  5. kevin says:

    Sounds like a dream come true (Guys would love this island too !). Did I mention that I love your articles ! Good luck on realizing your dream !

  6. Rose Dostal says:

    …and the crowd roared, ‘BALI, BALI, BALI,BALI’ !


    One step at a time for moi.


    psssstt…lynne…I’d say you’re cruel for dangling this in front of me but then again, you do let me dream with you.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      LOL Rose…
      A road trip DZine Summit planning has to start somewhere. What better place to start than with gal pals like you! Ohhhh the fun we would have 🙂

  7. beautiful pictures lovely post

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      They are beautiful photos, aren’t they?

      I wish I was sitting on the island taking the photos…*sigh*.

      Hint, hint, NORTH ISLAND.. invite us all to your island. It would be a Design Summit HAVEN 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    Shall we buy every LottoMax ticket in the country? (I’m not sure how we’d stop the rest of the country from buying any–maybe hint that anyone who bought one would be struck with the black plague?) And thanks for the new heaven on earth to dream of.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      LOL MARY
      Yes, all LottoMax tickets should go on lock-down, just for us. That island has our name on it !!
      Whenever you have a bad day…a tough moment….take your mind to that incredible heaven on earth of an island. It is a great escape. See you there! 🙂 xx

  9. SO SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I was rifling through other gorgeous photos of islands and fancy places like this earlier today and thought to myself, ‘does anyone real ever actually go to places like these or is it just folks lucky enough to model for spa pictures??’ LOL I would LOVE to visit Seychelles, it’s on my travel list! My bliss is a place surrounded by love (friends, family, beautiful scenery, etc.) and great food. Food does so much for the body, mind, and soul–sharing it on a beautiful island with my beautiful people would be a dream come true.

    ps. Brad would totally notice you on that orange couch….because I would be up in his face talking about that beauteous bright bulb of a woman ‘over there on that orange couch’. ;D

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Haha!!!! You can be my agent !! My ‘get Brad’s attention’ agent 🙂 LOL.

      I really do hope you get a chance to scratch Seychelles off your bucket LIST some day. It is a wee island…filled with kind people, yummy food, and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES I have ever seen in my life.

      Very low key, chill place to be.

      I love the sound of your bliss ….friends, family, beautiful scenery (which surely includes Brad LOL)

      Big hugs!

  10. Leslie says:

    Ok…you were doing ok with your fabulous eye to capture such invitingly incredible photos…and then you ruined it all by mentioning Brad Pitt….Gross! Ech….! (….please…never again….not in the same breath as these beautiful photos..!)…;-)

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Haha! Leslie,
      You are hilarious. He has his handsome moments. And, in true authentic island life…he really has stayed there. {and is a very kind man}.
      How about George Clooney? Should I have thrown him in the mix? LOL
      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. haha!
      I think an UGLY GORILA could walk through that resort, and I would still think it is BEAUTIFUL.
      Drink TIPSY TEA, and you won’t notice a thing.
      Lynne 🙂

      • Leslie says:

        Lynne, you are absolutely right…I should refrain from comment as beauty IS in the eye of the beholders. But, I will maintain my theme…with these photos as inviting as they are, no actor would be a distraction…not even GC….I think, I would simply enjoy the natural sensation of it all…and hope that some special man of my own would be there to share in with me……even the Tipsy Tea…..(and your hubbie can spin circles around GC and BP! as I am sure you know….!! 😉 )

  11. 2 questions
    1. This surely MUST come with a cabana boy?
    2. Where do I sign up?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Why wasn’t I smart enough to come up with the word CABANA BOY? UHMM, that is my new favourite word. 🙂

    • Rose Dostal says:

      Yes Maureen. I can’t believe she forgot about the CABANA boy! Who’s that masseuse anyway? We don’t need no stinkin masseuse! Bring us a CABANA boy any day and he really should come with an umbrella drink…

      • Lynne Knowlton says:

        I was just hiding the CABANA boy – all to myself ! LOL ! P.s.Rose, you just made me pee my pants. That’s right. Pee’d them. Youth is wasted on the young. haha! xx

  12. Nancy Carr in Vieques, Puerto Rico says:

    Love these pictures. Bali is one of the 2 places left on my bucket list. Thanks for your great post. I am so happy I found you.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Nancy
      I’m so happy you found me…because one of these days I am going to be on your door step in Puerto Rico. I will bring some TIPSY TEA and some laughs…
      In the meantime, when you get a chance to accomplish your Bali Bucket List …write to me, and I will give you some awesome ideas on places to stay. I think I have stayed at every hotel in Bali. LOL.
      Big hugs,

  13. yvonne bratkin says:

    thank u for taking me away for that short time lol just gonna check my lottomax and make sure my passport is up to date…love the bali decor!!!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      When you win that lottery we will drive so fast to the airport, we will have whiplash.
      GIRLZzz ROAD TRIP !!!!
      Love ya,
      Lynne xx

  14. Pamela says:

    Breathtaking pictures! I agree with you that this place is a perfect place to go on a honeymoon. Prince William and Catherine got it right to go there for their honeymoon. Wow, I would love to live in an island like that but not that far… maybe in Corsica -between Italy and France. But back to earth now, I will be happy living in Muskoka, jumping in the lakes, with my own cottage, boathouse, filled with family and friends and owning my own shoreline… Happy Dreaming to us!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      …jumping in lakes..a boathouse…family & friends..the shoreline…that sounds like BLISS ! You must LOVE it :). Have you ever watched the music video by LITTLE BIG TOWN called Pontoon ?! YouTube it…and you find yourself singing that catchy tune at the cottage :))
      Lynne 🙂